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If you should find yourself lost in a book,
Where certainly no one would think to look,
Follow these tips to keep yourself safe,
From witch, or from troll, or cold-blooded snake.

Be Helpful
If someone should ask you for a helping hand,
Help without thinking, do not be grand.
Chances are, they will later come back,
to assist you from a confusing trap.

Listen
If you’re given advice, listen or be doomed,
Even if it comes from an animal,
However degrading, I am sure you will find
it is highly preferable to stay alive.

Be Cunning
While there are those who mean you no harm,
There are the people on the other arm,
Most would eat you without a regret,
So stay alert to keep safe from them.

Stick to the path,
don’t open the door,
keep away from that cottage,
or we’ll see you no more.
Follow these hints,
and you will be safe,
but beware if the rules you ignore and break.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm:
Aw, as an avid fan of fairytales I can safely say I'm in love with this. Great job, and if anyone could spare some time and check out my work that would be great, too.
 
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purpleink said...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm:
LOVE IT! what gave you this idea?
 
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Clear_Skies said...
Sept. 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm:
This is funny! I bet if story characters all had this, they would have a much easier time of it.
 
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krissynicole said...
Sept. 22, 2011 at 11:36 am:
I really like this :D
 
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SecretFlameThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm:
THIS IS FANTASTIC!
 
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AshKat98 said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm:
This is amazing! I LOVE it!I for sure am not the greatest poet, but I still love it anyway!
 
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glub123 said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm:
I love this. For homework we have to bring in a poem and i'm bringing yours!
 
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consumedbygrace247 said...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:38 am:
Love this, I always think about getting stuck in a book and now I know how to get out! :D
 
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daponie said...
Aug. 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm:
i really like thi poem...   :)
 
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msn9896 said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm:
I'm a fairy tale lover, and this pretty much summed up all of it! comment on my work please, if you have the time.
 
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Saffy96 said...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm:
That was an excellent poem - very good idea.
 
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YOUNGRevelation8 said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm:
Haha...all the tips heeded, riveting story. Keep your pen spinning 
 
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JustJazzy said...
Jun. 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm:
I love this! :D
 
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Miranda N. said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm:
Very interesting.... something in a different format which was refreshing :) and something that isn't so cliche is always fun to read.
 
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rockstardream said...
May 25, 2011 at 10:22 am:
I like this! It keeps to the rhythm of a limerick, and produces a witty ending. Good theme for the poem too!
 
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madbunnymonique said...
May 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm:
This is really good!!!!!!!
 
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Anupama said...
Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:53 am:
This is a fabulous piece. :)
 
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winning MaSHEEN said...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm:
i enjoy this its good advice if i ever end up in a fairy tale
 
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RavenRose said...
Mar. 19, 2011 at 10:46 am:
I love it. I think it's really good and true. :)
 
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leonaj said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm:
This is a good essay, and creative tew...:)) Keep up the good work!
 
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